Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of July 18, 2018

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ALAN HENRY Water clear main lake, stained up the river; 81–84 degrees main lake, 85 up the creeks; 7.09’ low. Black bass are good on Whopper Ploppers, Zara Spooks, 7” Power Worms and Senkos. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.
AMISTAD Water murky; 87–91 degrees; 33.07’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, and on watermelon seed and green pumpkin soft plastics in 18–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water fairly clear; 87–93 degrees; 2.68’ low. Black bass are fair on Zara Spooks, Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
ATHENS Water clear; 86–90 degrees; 0.51’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Flukes, Carolina rigged worms and drop shot worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
AUSTIN Water stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are good on Zara Spooks, Texas rigs, jigs and Carolina rigs. Sunfish are good on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live bait and nightcrawlers.
BASTROP Water stained; 87–91 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 3.59’ low. Black bass are good trolling Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows in 20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
BENBROOK Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 7.07’ low. Black bass are slow on topwaters, shakyhead worms and Carolina rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained to stained; 85–90 degrees; 0.58’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 1.23’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, topwaters, and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on brush piles on minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reel.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad off points near the pier. Redfish are good down rigging near the jetty and dam. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and cheesebait near the hot water discharge. Yellow catfish are slow.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear to lightly stained, 86–90 degrees: 3.43’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, shakyhead worms and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 6.10’ low. Black bass are fair on Rat–L–Traps and watermelon soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are good on cheesebait in 5–10 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish in 3–10 feet.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 4.43’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse topwaters, Texas rigged pumpkinseed worms, and watermelon flukes along secondary points in 10–18 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps, Zara Spooks, and shad colored crankbaits early and late. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch.
CADDO Water stained; 89–92 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons along the crappie wall and the dam in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheesebait, and shad near the railroad trestle. Blue catfish are good on liver and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 5.20’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, soft plastic worms, and crankbaits in 6–14 feet early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Smallmouth bass are good on watermelon topwaters along ledges in 5–15 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 8–12 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees, 1.13’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, deep diving crankbaits and Neko rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 27.19’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwaters. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with live bait.
COLEMAN Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 4.14’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and watermelon green spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 20–30 feet. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 101 degrees at the hot water discharge, 91 degrees in main lake; 2.53’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 6–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 8 pounds are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 10–12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY Water fairly clear; 85–94 degrees; 18.09’ low. Black bass are slow on Texas rigs and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
CONROE Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on shad colored crankbaits and silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and fair on blue tube jigs over brush in 20 feet. Catfish are good on stinkbait, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers.
COOPER Water stained; 87–92 degrees; 2.15’ low. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits, weightless Flukes and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs.
CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE Water off color; 82–88 degrees; 3.12’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs and jigs. White bass are fair to good on Little Georges. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad.
EAGLE MOUNTAIN Water lightly stained; 86–90 degrees; 3.03’ low. Black bass are good on deep diving crankbaits, shakyhead worms, and drop shot rigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
FAIRFIELD Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow on weightless Senkos, Texas rigged creature baits, and wacky worms. No report on other species.
FALCON Water murky; 88–92 degrees; 36.26’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow running crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp under birds. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
FAYETTE Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon and watermelon gold Carolina rigged soft plastics in 10–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad in 8–12 feet.
FORK Water lightly stained; 87–90 degrees; 1.52’ low. Black bass are fair on Magnum shakyheads, football jigs and Carolina rigged Flukes. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water off color; 88–95 degrees; 3.53’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around deeper structure. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on liver, cut bait, and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 1.31’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged soft plastic worms and lizards, and on shad colored crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and frozen shrimp.
GRANGER Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs upriver. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs in 12–15 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch and goldfish.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 85–92 degrees; 1.13’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, Texas rigged craws and Neko rigged worms. White bass and hybrid bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines
GREENBELT Water off color; 83–92 degrees; 34.54’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass to 7 pounds are fair on soft plastics, weightless Senkos, and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are very good on live minnows. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 79–88 degrees; 4.99’ low. Black bass are fair on Yellow Magics, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 1.33’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Flukes, topwaters and shakeyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained; 86–91 degrees: 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs and buzzbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 87–91 degrees: 2.43’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse jigs, pumpkinseed topwaters, and green pumpkin Whacky Sticks in 6–18 feet early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 12–18 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 86–90 degrees; 2.26’ low’. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged lizards, weightless Flukes and Magnum shakyheads. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.14’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on pet spoons, hellbenders, trolling tubes, and slabs. White bass are good on pet spoons, hellbenders, trolling tubes, and Charlie slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
MACKENZIE Water stained; 85–91 degrees; 76.38’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live baitfish.
MARTIN CREEK Water stained; 90–99 degrees; 1.72’ low. Black bass are slow on topwaters, shakyhead worms and hollow body frogs. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
MEREDITH Water fairly clear; 84–89 degrees; 49.02’ low. No reports on black bass. No reports of smallmouth bass or walleye. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in limited numbers.
MONTICELLO Water stained; 86–91 degrees; 3.17’ low. Black bass are slow on weightless Flukes, drop shot worms and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and prepared bait.
NASWORTHY 87–93 degrees; 1.38’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, shakyheads, Texas rigs and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.83’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and June bug soft plastic worms, white or chartreuse spinnerbaits, and shallow running crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs over humps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs off docks. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 87–93 degrees; 42.51’ low. Black bass are fair to good on black/blue jigs, Senkos, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are good on cut and live bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 86–92 degrees; 12.74’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, shakyheads and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 1.01’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, bladed jigs and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 84–91 degrees; 2.37’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early and late, midday switching to drop shot rigs, jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around structure in 14–22 feet. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.
PROCTOR Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 4.99’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastic worms early. Striped bass are good on live shad. White bass are excellent on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with goldfish. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 85–90 degrees; 2.01’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, weightless Flukes and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are slow on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear to lightly stained: 86–89 degrees; 1.08’ low. Black bass are fair on Flukes, Carolina rigged worms and football jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 1.08’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms, weightless Senkos and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 2.18’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 1.00’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair trolling slab spoons near the dam. White bass are fair trolling slab spoons near the dam. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on punchbait, and on juglines baited with cut shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 53.53’ low. No report on black bass. No report on crappie. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait and nightcrawlers.
STAMFORD Water stained to muddy; 88–95 degrees; 2.85’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Yellow Magics, jigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows around structure. White bass are fair on slabs. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.
STEINHAGEN 0.73’ low. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 6.39’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 86–93 degrees; 26.89’ low. This lake is currently experiencing a fish kill due to golden alga. Biologists are monitoring the situation and will post updates as they become available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 86–91 degrees; 1.31’ low. Black bass are good on buzzbaits, balded jigs and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
TEXANA Water stained; 82–89 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early and late, midday switching to jigs, Texas rigs and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
TEXOMA Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.66’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, topwaters and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 2.65’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes in 15–20 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and stinkbait in 30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 22.10’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms, white grubs, and shad colored topwaters in 8–18 feet. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are fair on shad. Hybrid striper are fair on shad and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and green/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, frozen shad, and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 2.83’ low. Black bass are slow on shakeyhead worms, weightless Flukes and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 85–92 degrees; 23.61’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Pop Rs early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and medium running crankbaits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
WHITNEY Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 3.26’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on shad colored Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on bait shrimp, stinkbait, and liver.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained to muddy; 86–90 degrees; 6.09’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, buzzfrogs and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
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